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Book cover Freedom`s School
Lesa Cline-Ransome (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Slavery has just ended. Lizzie and her younger brother, Paul, finally have the opportunity to go to school. Lizzie and Paul won’t be available to help their parents with the farm as much, but their parents are more concerned about their children getting a good education. After her first visit to the new school, Lizzie is very excited about going inside the small-framed building with the new fresh-cut wood, and meeting her teacher, Mizz Howard. At school she recognizes other children from her community. It saddens her that other students must stop going to school for periods of time to help out their families with the crops. When an unfortunate event causes great disappointment to Lizzie and her community is all hope lost?


Book cover Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Pena (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, NCCBA, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


"How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?" CJ asks his Nana one rainy day after church. CJ is a little grumpy and full of questions on that long ride down Market Street. Nana is full of answers to his questions. Her gentle wisdom turns the bus ride into a wonderful, magical experience for CJ and the other riders. Colorful acrylic, collage, and digital illustrations bring the magic of the ride to life with vivid vibrancy. By Market Street’s last stop, Nana has shown CJ beauty in the world. Can she show you that beauty too?

Reviewed by: Larisa / Morrison Regional Library

Book cover New Shoes
Susan Lynn Meyer (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Historical
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Today you can go to the store and try on shoes if you need a new pair. There was a time when people of color could not try on shoes at the store. When this happens to Ella Mae she decides she is going to do something about it. Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte take all the hand-me-down shoes and polish and clean them up. What do you think they are going to do with the shoes? Come see what they decide to do for their friends and neighbors. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations that help tell the story of Ella Mae and her new shoes.

Reviewed by: Stacy / West Boulevard Library

Book cover Firebird
Misty Copeland (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Christopher Myers
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Poetry, Read Aloud, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


A young African-American dancer is feeling less confident about herself as she compares herself to the forever graceful ballerina, Misty Copeland. Her sadness is echoed through poetic words of hopelessness, but Misty Copeland assures the young dancer that she too can achieve great heights and soar as the Firebird. Colorful and dynamic illustrations capture the despair and hope of the story and send a powerful message that can breathe life into every aspiring dancer and person willing to live out their dreams.


Book cover Lion Lion
Miriam Busch (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Larry Day
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Humor, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Bold and inviting illustrations help capture everything that is going on in this laugh-out-loud reading adventure. You will discover things are definitely not what they appear to be as a young boy goes out looking for Lion. Lion is out on the prowl too, but he is looking for lunch! Find out what happens when the boy is finally united with Lion in this imaginative and cleverly written tale.



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